02 May Top 10 Places for High Quality Street Food in Budapest
As the summer months approach, there is nothing like a relaxing day in the sun with some great street food in hand. Budapest has seen a burst in its street food scene, with places like Karaván – a street food court – opening up, so here’s our top picks for tasty food on the go!
Paradicsom – which happens to means tomato in Hungarian – is the latest manifestation of the popup street food scene in Budapest and this time its made it’s home in the city’s VIII district – a formerly shabby, yet increasingly up and coming part of the city, popular with the creative youth. Keeping things simple, their main offering is lecsó, a classic Hungarian stew consisting of peppers, onion, paprika, and yes, you guessed it, tomatoes. While most locals keep their lecsó simple, Paradicsom makes things interesting by serving regional-inspired variations – like French ratatouille, shakshouka of the Middle East, Moroccan tagine and Sicilian caponata.
Delicious burgers made with prime cuts of beef and served up with high quality ingredients by Zing Burger. You can either visit their restaurant on Kiraly utca or various food trucks around the city. You can even get burgers made with Angus beef served with unique house-made sauces.
If you love cheese, you’ll love Paneer. You’ll find various fried cheeses from cheddar and camembert to Hungarian cheeses like trappista and Maci, but even better are their “Real Cheese Burgers”. Fried cheese in a ciabatta bun with their own steak sauce and fried or dried onions and salad is the perfect meat-free alternative.
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When it comes to pizza, Italians do it best, and this small place on Nagymezo utca is run by Paolo who makes authentic Italian style pizza. The thin based pizza is served straight from the oven and cut up with scissors. Try Pizzica’s delicious classic pizza made with torn up bits of fresh mozzarella and rucola or the pizza topped with potato and drizzled with truffle oil.
Meat & Sauce
Meat & Sauce turns the simple sandwich into a gastronomical experience. All the meat here is prepared using the sous vide method and is topped off with a generous helping of delicious sauce. This is not the place to come if you want to eat your sandwich in an elegant way, but it’s definitely worth it for the taste.
Meat & Sauce
For excellent street food made with high quality ingredients, you’ll want to try Bors GasztroBár for their daily specials of soups and baguettes, among other creations. Their unique recipes and gourmet take on simple dishes, like a soup or a sandwich, makes it the place to go for some high quality street food.
Lángos (deep fried flat bread) is the ultimate Hungarian street food you must try once in Budapest. Between the entrances of Muszi and Corvinteto, you’ll find some street food places that look greasy and unappealing, but the lángos place offers a delicious dough that is cooked to perfection – soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside. Make sure you get it served up with cheese and sour cream.
Who said street food has to be unhealthy? Funky Pho offers great Vietnamese pho, made with fresh and tasty ingredients, like ginger chicken or beef, rice noodles, fresh vegetables all served up with a hot spicy broth and topped with coriander leaves. You’ll also find Vietnamese spring rolls, salads, noodles and even craft beer on offer here.
When you’re on the go, a cup of soup is a good way to fuel up and still see the city. Leves (soup) is the classic street food place. You’ll find excellent, tasty soups that are freshly made on the premises and served up in a cup you can either eat on the stand outside or take with you at your leisure.
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Bagels might not be common street food in Budapest, but close to Kalvin Tér there is one pint-sized sanctuary where you can get authentic bagels in various incarnations with delicious fillings to go. Whether you want avocado or salmon cream cheese as the filling, this is the place to go for your bagel fix.